February 13

EACH week in Past Times we will look at what was making the news that week five, ten and 15 years ago in the Ballymoney & Moyle Times. Who knows, you might get a mention! If you have a view on any of the stories in this column or have memories to share, contact the Times on 02827666216.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Call for stiffer penalties

Two Ballymoney councillors this week called for the introduction of stiffer penalties for those found guilty, what they described as 'cowardly acts of vandalism'.

Don McKenzie and John Ramsey, both from the Ulster Unionist party, made their appeal after a weekend of serious attacks in the area, one of which put the lives of an innocent family at risk.

Techs to merge

It was announced that the North Antrim College of Further Education will merge with its counterpart in Coleraine.

The decision was made public by Education Minister Mr Jeremy Hanley. However, the move will not include the Catering College in Portrush.

Pupils get writing to PM

Primary School pupils in Ballymoney have written to the Prime Minister to express their concerns about the polluted environment.

Dalriada Prep kids also issued an appeal to the community for help to make this a cleaner world to grow up in.

TEN YEARS AGO

Blame it on the wardens

A Ballymoney councillor has said that the town centre is being polluted by 'over zealous' traffic wardens.

In a furious attack on traffic control measures within the shopping precint, published in the Times, Coucillor Robert Halliday has claimed the approach used by local traffic wardens is forcing people out fo the town.

Clash over hospital

Meanwhile, in the council chamber, Ballymoney councillors clashed on the level of service which will be provided at the new Causeway Hospital.

Alderman Bob McComb claimed the new facility will not provide the acute services required in this area.

Give us a bus shelter

The Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes School has attacked traffic chiefs for a lack of bus shelters outside the school.

Maurice McHenry said 'accidents are waiting to happen' as a result.

Dalriada Kingdom tales

Dr Bob Curran completed his tales of the Dalriada Kingdom this week.

He sumised that the Kingdom probably diminished around 800 or 900AD.

FIVE YEARS AGO

Wife tells of husband anguish

The wife of convicted killer, Stephen Shepherd, says she will never give up fighting to clear his name.

In a frank interview with the Times, Shirley Shepherd described the nightmare of watching her 47-year-old husband jailed for a minimum of 14 years for the horrific murder of Bushmills pensioner Vera Waring.

"Sometimes it's very difficult to get up in the morning," Mrs Shepherd said.

Theo wins a landslide

Dr Theo Laverty won the Ballycastle seat on Moyle District Council with the highest ever vote in Moyle.

Police appeal

Police appealed for information after an armed robbery at the home of two pensioners in Dunloy.

"The family has been subjected to a horrific ordeal but thankfully nobody was hurt," said local councillor Philip McGuigan.

Welcome to Jonny

Finally, Jonny Donaghy, from Limavady, was appointed as the Manager of Ballymoney District Policing Partnership.